The Office of the University Ombuds has been established to provide an accessible, informal space in which members of the campus community can seek assistance with navigating challenges or conflicts. The office works to help visitors think through difficult situations, express concerns, and find answers to questions about University policies, procedures and practices in a neutral, impartial and confidential manner. The Ombuds Office also promotes conflict management and cooperation throughout the University community through outreach and trainings. When requested, Ombuds staff can facilitate informal conversations between parties who may find themselves in conflict.
In their dealings with visitors (i.e.: faculty, staff and students), Ombuds staff
will act with integrity and will advocate, not for any individual, but for fairness,
equitable treatment, and respect throughout the University community. Ombuds staff
shall be properly trained and will adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standard Operating Practices of the International Ombudsman Association. They shall also serve as sensors and
resource persons in identifying systemic institutional problems.